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Publish-and-Flourish: Using Blockchain Platform to Enable Cooperative Scholarly Communication

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Infinitcodex, Ltd., Maribor SI-2000, Slovenia
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Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana SI-1000, Slovenia
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Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics, Ljubljana SI-1000, Slovenia
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TSK Studio, Maribor SI-2000, Slovenia
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Institute for Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Maribor, Maribor SI-2000, Slovenia
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Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, University of Maribor, Maribor SI-2000, Slovenia
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Publications 2019, 7(2), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications7020033
Received: 17 November 2018 / Revised: 1 April 2019 / Accepted: 24 April 2019 / Published: 5 May 2019
Scholarly communication is today immersed in publish-or-perish culture that propels non-cooperative behavior in the sense of strategic games played by researchers. Here we introduce and describe a blockchain based platform for decentralized scholarly communication. The design of the platform rests on community driven publishing reviewing processes and implements cryptoeconomic incentives that promote cooperative user behavior. The key to achieve cooperation in blockchain based scholarly communication is to transform today’s static research paper into a modifiable research paper under continuous peer review process. We introduce and discuss the implementation of a modifiable research paper as a smart contract on the blockchain. View Full-Text
Keywords: scholarly communication; open science; blockchain; decentralisation; smart contract; continuous peer review; publish-and-flourish scholarly communication; open science; blockchain; decentralisation; smart contract; continuous peer review; publish-and-flourish
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Stojmenova Duh, E.; Duh, A.; Droftina, U.; Kos, T.; Duh, U.; Simonič Korošak, T.; Korošak, D. Publish-and-Flourish: Using Blockchain Platform to Enable Cooperative Scholarly Communication. Publications 2019, 7, 33.

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